You may have been through it before, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some surprises. Here’s what to expect during your next go-round with pregnancy.
When I became pregnant with my second child, I felt confident I’d be an old pro at baby-baking. I knew what I was in for when it came to morning sickness (ahem, all day sickness). I was familiar with the … Continue reading →
Those last few weeks of gestation are critical to your baby’s health and development. Don’t rush perfection!
You’ve been pregnant for what seems like forever. Heartburn haunts your days and nights, your feet are starting to resemble overstuffed sausages, your once roomy maternity duds are bursting at the seams, and sleep has long since abandoned you. What’s … Continue reading →
A look at what acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies can do for your prenatal health.
“I just want to keep things natural” has become a familiar refrain amongst mamas-to-be. The idea is well and good, but suffering through nine months of nausea, backache and swelling sans medicine can quickly become miserable. Luckily, holistic treatments are … Continue reading →
Before you plunge the needle, here’s what you need to know about the risks and effectiveness of prenatal testing.
In the past year alone, the market has exploded with new noninvasive screening options and technologies that can detect chromosomal abnormalities even before baby is born. Still, many women don’t look into all of the tests that are available—and the … Continue reading →
Junk food is tempting, but maintaining a healthy prenatal diet is essential for baby’s brain development.
Looking to raise a little genius? Put down that cookie, and pick up some walnuts. It turns out, what you eat throughout pregnancy influences baby’s brain development, an amazing process that begins at just five weeks gestation and continues into … Continue reading →
It’s uncomfortable, but normal, for women to experience discharge during pregnancy. Here’s what to expect south of the border.
When it comes to pregnancy, moms and their bodies take on a lot of changes. Some are thrilling, like sporting a baby bump. Some are less so, like the seemingly shrinking bladder. Then there are those you’d rather not discuss—with … Continue reading →
Regulate your digestive tract with exotic foods, a little more fat and a few yoga poses
After I gave birth to my daughter, my mother-in-law brought me a six-pack of prune juice. Although I was hoping for a different kind of six-pack to celebrate the birth of my first child, I have to admit that my … Continue reading →
Mommy brain: an air of absentmindedness and distraction that often plagues the minds of new moms. It begins in pregnancy, when the first hints of forgetfulness become apparent. Never mind the fact that you’re carrying and nurturing another life, barely … Continue reading →
Perfecting your prenatal posture may be the last thing you’re worried about, but proper alignment can lessen low back and neck pain, as well as fatigue.
According to Esther Dolowich, MPT, a physical therapist with Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, who specializes in women’s issues, the biggest mistake expectant moms make is letting their bellies lead them to an excessively swayed … Continue reading →
What’s keeping you up and ways to catch some shut-eye at last.
You’re likely anticipating a lack of sleep after baby’s debut, but you may be surprised to find your departure from dreamland happening even before your bundle arrives. There are several known and defined medical sleep disorders that plague pregnant women … Continue reading →